updated 08:45 am EDT, Mon May 3, 2010
iPad reaches 1m in half the time of iPhone
Apple today said it had officially sold over 1 million iPads as of Friday. The figure came just 28 days after the tablet first went on sale and was twice as fast as for the original iPhone, which took 74 days to reach the same milestone. Company chief Steve Jobs also said that "demand continues to exceed supply" and the company was working to expand production.
It added that over 5,000 iPad-specific apps had been published to the App Store and that owners had downloaded over 12 million apps and 1.5 million e-books from the iBookstore.
Sales of the 3G iPad weren't broken out of the separate results but could have included 300,000 units on the weekend.
The achievement may give Apple a third of Amazon's lifetime Kindle sales in just a month and could make it the most successful computer-like tablet to date. Windows-based Tablet PCs have rarely if ever had specific numbers and are often relegated to niche markets with accordingly low sales.